How and why you look for your next gig will be shaped by the stage you are at in life. Fresh out of college the possibilities are endless but so is the need to focus and the need to sell yourself without a track record. Mid career, you’re likely building on a story your resume tells, and may have personal and financial obligations that lock you into a set path. End of career and you have the luxury of leaning on years of experience but the challenge of staying relevant (and competitive.) And, sometimes desire or necessity set you towards making a major career change.